What is a Care Plan. Who Should Have One?

Making a care plan

Care plan help with organising an individuals care

What is a care plan? How can they help somebody diagnosed with dementia?

Care plans are agreements that are made between you, your family, carers and the health professionals that are responsible for your care.

They can include input and recommendations from social services, NHS bodies such as nurses or your own doctor.

They help the individual and their carers manage the persons day-to-day health needs. Or anything else that the person requires.

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What is the National Dementia Strategy?

National Dementia Strategy provided by the Department of health on the future of social care in the UK

National dementia strategy by the Department of Health

What is the UK national dementia strategy in the UK?

In 1980 it is thought that dementia affected over 700,000 people and cost the UK over 17 billion pounds.

By the year 2038 it is estimated the there will be over 1.4 million sufferers with a cost of over 50 billion pounds.

With this in mind the UK Government has identified dementia as a national priority and launched the national dementia strategy across the UK » Read more

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Improving Dementia Care Services. A Short Video

Video on improving dementia care

Improving dementia care video

In this short video on improving dementia care we listen to David Behan who is the Governments Director General for Social Care and Local Government Care Partnerships. He talks about improving dementia care in the UK.

Key points from the video are.

  • There needs to be good quality early intervention and diagnosis.
  • Improvement in quality of care provided by all hospitals when treating people with dementia.
  • Care homes who care for people with dementia need to be encouraged to help  sufferers to live well and for the services that the care homes provide need to support the needs of people with the condition.
  • Reducing by two-thirds the use of anti psychotic medication in the treatment for dementia.

You can watch the video on improving dementia care below.

Below is a small clip from an article on improving dementia care, written by Professor Bob Woods, with input from Graham Dixon and Mat Phillips for NHS Wales

Dementia is a major concern for health and social care services throughout the UK and the rest of the world. It is the single most frequent cause of admission to care homes, and of the need for community care services for older people. Although most people with dementia are in later life, younger people may also be affected, and often receive care in services designed for older people.
The demographics of an ageing population means the number of people with dementia is projected to increase by around a third by 2021. The needs of people with dementia and their supporters already require high levels of health and social care inputs; meeting the projected needs of this rapidly growing group is widely recognised as representing a considerable challenge to governments and to society.
In England, dementia is now seen as an NHS priority area, and earlier in 2009 a
National Dementia Strategy was launched. In Wales, the Minister for Health set
up a Task and Finish Group to produce a National Dementia Plan for Wales.
The draft plan was subject to extensive consultation in the summer of 2009.

Let us know what you think about the approach the Government has on improving dementia care. Are they getting it right?

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Assisted Living. How can it help?

Assisted living for a person with dementia can help in many ways.

Assisted living to help with everyday needs

What is assisted living and how does it help a person with dementia or you as the carer?

These are some of the questions you may ask when first considering help in the form of assisted living.

Sometimes an individual may be unable to fully cope on their own because of an accident or medical condition that inhibits daily living. This is when you could call on others to help you or somebody else to do tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.

We take a look at different kinds of assisted living that are available if somebody is suffering from dementia and how you can get the best out of this help. » Read more

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Give a Better Quality of Life to People with Early Stages of Dementia

Arts 4 dementia. Using art and music to help people with early onset dementia

Arts 4 dementia Music and Art

Arts 4 Dementia, founded in 2011, has been set up to bridge the gap in arts provision to re-energize and inspire people living with dementia in the community. To help develop new outreach in London and establish a comprehensive website to signpost arts activities nationwide.

Two-thirds of the 64,000 Londoners with dementia live at home often confused and stressed by memory loss and isolated by stigma surrounding the disease. As their creative brain can remain unaffected for years artistic stimulation offers constructive direction. » Read more

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